For the past few months I have been interviewing with a couple of different companies. The reasons for this are varied and something I’ll probably touch base on in a later post. That being said, I am excited to announce that in the coming months, I will be joining the security team at Disney!
Not only that, but I’ll be moving across the country, again. This time to Seattle, WA. Y’all, I have wanted to move to Seattle for more than 10 years.
It’s definitely an all around amazing opportunity for me. While I’m sure I’ll have plenty of packing/moving experiences to go through, I wanted to detail one of the more interesting things that came out of my interviews.
As I interviewed at these different places, one of the things that struck me was the passion level of the employees. Everyone I talked to was excited about their jobs and what they get to do in a very real way. This wasn’t overly surprising to me, I had taken time to make sure the companies I had applied to would be passionate. What did surprise me was the degree of sincerity in the employees. Especially when you consider that I was looking at security positions, and none of these companies were security companies.
This got me thinking about what these companies have, that my past companies don’t. For me, it has to do with the very culture of a company, and that’s a top down thing. When the people leading a company aren’t passionate about what they’re doing, that breakdown flows through the company like waves. Culture begins to suck and apathy grows because everyone knows the bosses don’t care if you’re a security company or if you’re a tennis ball company. You feel like cogs who aren’t invested in what you’re doing because who cares?
What I learned was, it doesn’t matter how many free Monday morning bagels you throw at your people. You can’t fake passion and you certainly can’t build a real culture around something you’re not passionate about.